KTP welcomes new Building and Construction Agency

Kamra tal-Periti has welcomed the establishment of a new Building and Construction Agency through the publication of a Legal Notice. In a statement on Wednesday morning, KTP described the new agency as a precursor of the Building and Construction Authority.

Early this year, excavation and demolition works were halted by the Government after residential buildings adjacent to construction sites collapsed. The regulations were subsequently changed.

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“The new agency is tasked with design, implementation and dissemination of policies together with the consolidation and review of laws and regulations,” KTP said. The Chamber of Architects added that the agency will be carrying out the necessary preparations to set up the Building and Construction Authority.

KTP commended the set up saying that this is an important milestone in ensuring better regulation of the industry.

According to the legal notice, the newly established agency will also be responsible for the employees at the Building and Regulations Office, the Building Industry Consultative Council, Building Regulation Board, and the Masons Board.

Infrastructure Minister will be responsible of assigning functions to the agency as well as appointing members to the board.

The board will consist of a chairperson and a seven members. The chairperson will be appointed by the Infrastructure Minister while the directors on the board will be non-executive. The Minister will also appoint a deputy chairperson in the absence of a chairperson.

The agency’s board will be composed of a member from BRO, a member from the Building Regulations Board, a member which represent the consultative council and another one which will represent the masons board. An auditor and a lawyer who specializes in development and planning law.

While the maximum term for each board member is of two years, the Infrastructure Minister may remove a person from the post.

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